National policy proposed on standards for adventure activities

A National policy has been proposed on standards for adventure activities, the policy development office of the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs said.

The Sri Lanka Tourist Development Board (SLTB) will have a web site on which all locations at which Adventure Activities are provided by service providers will be listed.

The Sri Lanka Navy will convene a meeting of all water based adventure service providers to assess the present status, the Sri Lanka Air Force will coordinate air based adventure activities through a meeting of stake holders and the Special Forces of the Army will focus of land based adventure.

On the emergency communication and search and rescue the TRC will coordinate with telecommunication service providers and health and emergency first responders, to have a common number to call in case of a crisis.

The Sri Lanka Insurance Board will look into the insurance cover aspect of adventure providers and participants.

The Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs says in future, Adventure Tourism and training is expected to see an increase in popularity and the industry service providers should prepare for this and have best practice safety standards available. (Colombo Gazette)